Did Justin Bieber break up with his longtime manager Scooter Braun?

Last week, Puck reported something which was a little bit interesting and a little bit shady. Apparently, Justin Bieber has been on the outs with his longtime manager and self-styled Svengali for several months now. Bieber has had significant health issues over the past few years, and his health issues have led to an overhaul in his team. From Puck:

I heard this week that Justin Bieber has been poking around for a new agency or manager, which begged the question: What about Scooter Braun? Turns out that Bieber and the manager who built his empire (and his ridiculous public persona) on Bieber’s talents haven’t spoken in months, per multiple sources. It’s tough because Bieber signed a new management deal right before Braun sold his Ithaca Holdings to South Korean giant HYPE in 2021, and Bieber still has time left on that. So neither side is confirming a split, but I’m told they’re headed separate ways, and their lawyers are involved.

This is part of a larger house-cleaning that Justin and wife Hailey Bieber have undertaken amid his recent health issues and canceled tour: CAA was just fired as his agency, per three sources, longtime lawyer Aaron Rosenberg has been replaced with David Lande at the Ziffren firm, and Justin’s now working with business manager Lou Taylor, last seen starring as the villain in the Britney Spears conservatorship drama. Bieber, who’s still only 29, also has another new lawyer, Michael Rhodes, whose firm helped close a $200 million deal earlier this year to sell his music rights to the Blackstone-backed Hipgnosis Songs Capital to pay off mounting debts. CAA declined to comment. Neither Braun nor Lande got back to me about the situation.

[From Puck]

Yeah, it was also my understanding that Braun was moving away from the task of daily management for dedicated clients and moving more towards bigger and better things. I honestly didn’t even know he was still involved (on a daily level) with Bieber’s career. Interestingly, Page Six had a report which piggybacked on Puck’s reporting:

Move over Bey-Z . . . Justin and Hailey Bieber are coming for your throne as entertainment’s ultimate “power couple.” Sources told Page Six that Hailey has taken on a larger role in her pop star hubby’s business affairs — and whenever there’s a meeting, she’s in the room.

“Hailey has taken control and is heavily involved. She’s a part of meetings and she’s talking a lot for him,” a source told Page Six. “She’s the voice. They’re becoming this power couple. She’s a big part of everything he’s doing,” the insider added.

Hailey’s influence on her husband became even more apparent amid ongoing false rumors that he’d parted ways with his longtime, controversial music manager, Scooter Braun. After industry insiders alerted us to an alleged rift between the two, we were directed to a spokesperson for Hailey, 26, in addition to reps for Justin, 29, and Braun, 42. Hailey’s flack did not comment, but reps for Bieber and Braun confirmed they are still working together and, “he’s not looking for new management” amid the supposed rumors of strife.

One source, however, did acknowledge, “Of course, there are issues,” between Braun and Bieber, but they insisted, “They definitely did not split.”

Additionally, sources told us that Justin “has new music and a new single coming out, all under Scooter.” And we hear the duo recently re-signed a new deal together. Still, industry insiders believe where there’s smoke, there’s fire — and Justin’s roots as a child star only complicates things.

“Everything has been set up by Scooter since he was a kid. Justin is older, wiser and smarter, and has started asking questions,” one claimed.

[From Page Six]

Interesting. I believe Hailey has taken a larger role in Bieber’s career, plus she’s basically “managing” him at a private level. As in, she’s his wife and he’s basically put her in charge of his schedule and his personal life. Justin is drawn to caretaker figures, probably because he was a child star. Anyway, it sounds like Scooter and Justin are having issues but no one has been fired yet.

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  1. Southern Fried says:

    Justin definitely needs a full time manager that’s not Braun. Someone who will operate in Justin’s best interests not just money and clout. Haley seems more like a babysitter. A needy not very smart untalented babysitter.

  2. Abby says:

    This is interesting. But I am LOLing at comparing Hailey and Justin to Beyonce and Jay-Z. Literally no comparison, other than both men are musicians that are married to women. Unless I have missed something?

  3. GoldenMom says:

    Isn’t there some kind of cliche that the age that people like this become ‘stars’ is the age they remain at, in their own heads? (apologies for appalling grammar)

    Feels like Bieber is a tween in an adult suit, needs constant care and attention.

    Not sure I’d look to a Baldwin for that supervisory role…

    • Snuffles says:

      When I think of Bieber I think of someone who is TIRED after spending the better part of two decades carrying his family and other people’s careers on his back. Yeah, he’s probably emotionally stunted too, but I think he’s just TIRED.

  4. MinorityReport says:

    If she’s really pulling the business strings, I hope she’s more intelligent and capable than her public persona would have us believe.

    • It Really Is You, Not Me says:

      I get the impression that she’s fairly business-savvy. I couldn’t tell you why I think that but she seems like the type not to let her man fail and she’s been around the industry her entire life because of her dad and uncles. Just saying that she’s probably not the worst choice to take the lead if Justin’s trying to get his business affairs in order.

      • Jenn says:

        Same. I don’t know her or anything, but she doesn’t exactly seem like an airhead. She has her own skincare line and a bunch of brand partnerships. Her dad is obviously awful, but I feel like he probably gives sound advice about branding and schmoozing. I can see Hailey as being the type of person who has to really work at being attentive and on top of things, developing a lot of adaptive “Type A” skills to stay organized and “together.”

      • Coco says:

        Being a nepo baby and taking makeup trends that black and Brown people have been doing for ages and claiming them as her own creations, calling it something else is not business-savvy.

  5. BizzatchExtrordinaire says:

    ‘…deal earlier this year to sell his music rights to the Blackstone-backed Hipgnosis Songs Capital to pay off mounting debts.’


    • DK says:

      This is the part that is probably the driver in all of this, and I’m surprised more people aren’t digging in to find out what’s going on here?

      And as people mentioned above, I’m not convinced by Baldwin’s public persona that she’s the best choice for manager (what experience or business acumen does she have to qualify her?) if there is a debt-related problem. It would be one thing if it were simply, Bieber needs someone with his own best interests at heart, then yeah, his wife makes sense. But if he’s got mounting debt….they need someone squarely on their side, but who also knows what they are doing!

  6. Snuffles says:

    First of all it’s HYBE not HYPE. HYBE is the house that BTS built. Scooter has been working with Bang PD a lot and seems to have an outsized interest in BTS member Jungkook as the next big thing. He’s got Jungkook working with Western songwriters and producers, singing in English and he has already landed a number 1 song on the Hot 100 with “Seven”. Is a Calvin Klein spokes model just like Bieber was. Bieber was always Jungkook’s role model. Maybe Bieber is feeling threatened.

    • aisatsana says:

      God, what a nightmare to see this POS working so closely with Jungkook, who is a genuinely nice person and has a lot to offer as an artist. They’re definitely trying to making him a Justin Bieber 2.0. I bet he’s focusing so much on JK because of his troublesome relationship with JB

      • Natalie_K says:

        Jungkook recently said on Suchwita that he is who he is because he was so heavily influenced by the six older members of BTS. He took something from each of their influence.

        Justin Bieber is who he is (or, I guess of we’re being kind was who he was) because he was so heavily influenced by Scooter Braun.

        I trust Bang PD but I don’t trust Scooter as far as I could pick him up and throw him and it’s still mystifying to me why he is involved with HYBE America.

  7. Eloise says:

    Demi left Scooter too. There’s smoke here…

  8. phlyfiremama says:

    Cue conservatorship in 10…9…